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Harvard Business Essentials Managing Projects Large and Small: The Fundamental Skills for Delivering on Budget and on Time by Harvard Business School Press

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3

A Written Charter

Your Marching Orders

Key Topics Covered in This Chapter

  • The value of a project charter
  • Eight things a charter should contain
  • The problem of ends and means
  • How to scope a project

W E’VE ALREADY established the importance of having a clear objective. Having that objective defined, specified, and delivered in written form is very important. But the project team needs more than a clearly stated goal to do its work. It needs an unambiguous sense of the project’s scope, the value it should deliver to stakeholders, the time frame within which it must work, and a statement of the resources at its disposal. Together, these constitute the charter that authorizes the project and defines its activities—the subject of this chapter. ...

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